Visitors Guide to the
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

One Brookings Drive, Washington University
St. Louis, MO

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The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country and the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River. Established in 1881 as the St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts, a department of Washington University, the Museum was initially located in a neo-Renaissance building in downtown St. Louis under the direction of artist Halsey C. Ives. Its collection was formed in the large part by acquiring significant works by artists of the time.

In 1906, the collection was moved to the Palace of Fine Arts in Forest Park, a building designed by architect Cass Gilbert for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In 1909, the public St. Louis Art Museum was formed and detached from the private Washington University. The University collection, however, remained on loan there for the next several decades. In 1941 German exile H.W. Janson joined the faculty of Washington University's Department of Art History and Archaeology and initiated an expansive program to revitalize the University's Museum. Over 600 objects were deaccessioned and the proceeds were used to acquire approximately 40 works of modern art, including examples of Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism in order to build the "finest collection of contemporary art assembled on any American campus."

Now one of the finest university collections in the United States, the Museum contains strong holdings of 19th, 20th, and 21st century European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, installations, and photographs. In 2004, the Museum was renamed the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and linked to Washington University's newly formed Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. The museum opened in its new building, designed by Pritker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki in 2006.

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum building features spacious galleries that accommodate large-scale and new media exhibitions, an intimate setting to view works from the Museum's permanent collection, and a 5,000-square foot outdoor sculpture garden. In addition to a thematic installation of works from the Museum's outstanding permanent collection, the Kemper Art Museum features both temporary and major loan exhibitions throughout the year, presenting examples of significant international modern and contemporary art and design.

Visiting the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
     Visiting Hours:
          Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 11 am - 6 pm
          Friday: 11 am - 8 pm
          Saturday & Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
          Closed Tuesdays and University holidays
     Please note that parking may be difficult during the construction period of the Museum's expansion through the beginning of 2019.
There is no charge to visit the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
  Through April 16, 2018
Transformative Visions: Washington University’s East End, Then and Now examines the rich history of architectural planning and design for the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. Located between the iconic Brookings Hall and the western edge of St. Louis’s renowned Forest Park, the east end has long been considered the main entry to the University, serving as a gateway from the surrounding city to the academic space of campus. The history of this area reflects the history of the University as a whole and reaches back to the end of the 19th century, during a time of significant transition in American higher education. Through archival photographs, architectural drawings, and models, Transformative Visions explores the complex relationship between planning and design as well as the broad range of theories and design strategies architects have used to shape this part of campus.

For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  Through May 21, 2018
The New York Collection For Stockholm Portfolio: In the early 1970s the New York–based group Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) put together a collection of some of the most important American art of the 1960s, including Pop, Minimal, and Conceptual practices, with the aim of donating it to a public museum. They chose thirty works by thirty artists in a variety of mediums and selected the Moderna Museet in Stockholm as the recipient due to its strong history of support for American contemporary art. To help raise the funds necessary to build the collection, E.A.T. asked each of the selected artists to create a print as part of a portfolio of lithographs and silkscreens—The New York Collection for Stockholm—which was sold in an edition of 300.

For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  May 4 - May 21, 2018
2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition: Featuring thesis projects by the eighteen students in the graduating class of Washington University’s Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, this exhibition reflects a variety of media, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, combined media, installation, and video. This exhibition features thesis projects by the twenty-five students in the graduating class of Washington University’s Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. The 2018 MFA candidates are Jenn Brown, Sloan Brunner, Samuel Carpenter, Xinyue Deng, Yuxuan Ding, Harley Lafarrah Eaves, Cecily Fergeson, Kim JinHee, Jacopo Mazzoni, Andrew McIlvaine, Brent Nakamoto, Charis Schneider Norell, Song Park, Sara Weininger, Riley Millar Williams, Taylor Yocom, Jon Young, and Ron E. Young.

For more information visit the exhibit's webpage

Location: The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is located on the eastern edge of the campus of Washington University near the intersection of Skinker Blvd. and Lindell Blvd directly west of Forest Park. Finding parking for the museum can be a chore due to a construction project.

GPS Coordinates
N  38  38.838
W 90  18.183

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